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It can be easy to think that, with just a little TLC, you can turn around the life of a rescued resident at The Wildcat Sanctuary. In the best case scenarios, that can happen. But, more often than not, the cats that come to the Sanctuary have extreme medical conditions, unknown history and, understandably, behavioral issues or fear of humans.

Our job is to make sure we treat the entire animal, both physically and emotionally. We provide the tools to help them heal. Each case is extremely different and many are very difficult. Some struggle with neurological and auto-immune disorders, while others are medically healthy but battle with stress and fear issues brought on by past neglect and abuse.

Every single one deserves the chance to thrive and overcome the issues they arrive with or develop as they age. And it’s important to us that we provide as many tools as possible to help them heal. We know how important it is to you, too!

Treating Individuals

Quality care begins with our whole team sharing their input and observations. We each hold a piece of the puzzle that’s important in developing the best plan and path for each specific cat. The cat’s intake file may provide information about their past. As the founder, I may have a unique perspective about behavioral and health history information for our long term residents. New members of the team bring expertise and experience from past sanctuaries and their work environments that can shed new light and new ideas for consideration.

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Caretakers observe and make notations about the animals daily. Our volunteers see and share changes in animals each time they visit. All these puzzle pieces come together so we can provide exceptional care for the cats. Our veterinarians and specialists can provide the best medical treatment choices when they know as much as they possibly can about the cats.

Each of us knows that T.E.A.M. stands for The Entire Animal Matters.

Our vets, including Dr. Lori Ballinger, conduct exams every three years and provide preventative care continuously. They perform and oversee emergency surgeries that have helped cats like Asha the lioness and Aslan the lion survive life-threatening health issues. Scarlet the clouded leopard wouldn’t have survived pyometra if not for the fast action of our surgical team. At his advanced age, Nigel the caracal has needed supportive and diagnostic care for neurological issues that have required quick intervention, too. The majority of our residents are senior and geriatric, so our veterinary team is ever vigilant in monitoring them closely.

Scarlet target training 2Scarlet gets back to playing after care

Quality Care Means We Seek the Input of Those Outside Our Sanctuary, Too

This year, our Sanctuary Manager collaborated with International Fund for Animal Welfare and wild cat sanctuaries across the country to develop the “Best Practices in Nutritional and Feeding Protocols.” The end goal of the working group has been to create a document containing the recommendations for the highest standards related to exotic feline nutrition and feeding considerations. We know it will be a valuable resource for many in the field.

Tackling Dental Issues

We also use an extended team and partnerships to expand the veterinary care we can provide. The Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation brings vets and dentists from around the world to provide specialized dentistry treatments, such as root canals, for our cats. This year, they treated caracal Sampson, bobcats Buddy and Libby, lynx Leisha, serval Jaharah and tiger Ekaterina for their much-needed dental issues.

Overcoming Existing Conditions

Prior to arriving at The Wildcat Sanctuary, a large majority of our cats were 4-paw declawed and several have complications. We’ve seen regrowth that causes abscesses and lameness due to early onset arthritis. Our treatment plan includes providing pain relief through medication, as well as laser therapy. We use two kinds of laser treatments, including low-level laser therapy performed by Dr. Gordon. We also collaborate with Dr. Conrad, founder of the acclaimed Paw Project, to document the problems caused by declawing and we continue to educate others about why declawing big cats should be outlawed.

Behavioral Rehabilitation

For cats that have extremely active minds or are highly stressed and fearful due to traumatic histories, we’ve developed behavioral training programs in conjunction with Active Environment. We brought their expert onsite for a full week to learn about our Sanctuary, our cats, and those that seem to need special attention. When we strive to provide optimal care for our captive population, we also want to reduce or eliminate any abnormal behavior we might observe.

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Again, it’s the entire animal that’s important – mind and body.

We’ve successfully applied suggested behavioral modification techniques and positive reinforcement with several of our cats. For example, tigress Sabrina’s sessions include acclimating her to new people and to more people so that she’s no longer fearful of humans. So far, by implementing the behavioral management tools we’ve learned over the years, the transformation we’ve seen in her has been amazing!

Quality care is something that takes a large team, both here at the Sanctuary and outside the Sanctuary. YOU are a big part of that team, too. You help us bring all the puzzle pieces together to provide the highest level of care possible for these cats we all love – and we thank you!

All image source: The Wildcat Sanctuary



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19 comments on “How We’re Striving to Rehabilitate Formerly Abused Big Cats”

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JOHSON MASHAL
11 Months Ago

Hello friends My Name is Johson mashal from UK I will love to share my testimony to all the people in the forum because i never thought i will have my girlfriend back and she means so much to me..The girl i want to get marry to left me 2 months to our wedding for another man..,When i called her she never picked my calls,She deleted me on her Facebook and she changed her Facebook status from engage to Single…when i went to her place of work she told her boss she never want to see me..I lost my job as a result of this because i can\'t get myself anymore,my life was upside down and everything did not go smooth with my life…I tried all i could to have her back to all did not work out until i met a Man when i Travel to Africa to execute some business have been developing some years back..I told him my problem and all have passed through in getting her back and how i lost my job…he told me he gonna help me…i don’t believe that in the first place.but he swore he will help me out and he told me the reason why my girlfriend left me and also told me some hidden secrets.i was amazed when i heard that from him..he said he will cast a spell for me and i will see the results in the next couple of days..then i travel back to UK the following day and i called him when i got home and he said he’s busy casting those spells and he has bought all the materials needed for the spells,he said am gonna see positive results in the next 3 days that is .My girlfriend called me at exactly 11:47pm and apologies for all she had done ..she said,she never knew what she’s doing and her sudden behavior was not intentional and she promised not to do that again.it was like am dreaming when i heard that from her and when we ended the call,i called the man and told him my girl friend called and he said i haven’t seen anything yet… he said i will also get my job back in 3 days time..and when its Sunday,they called me at my place of work that i should resume work on Monday and they gonna compensate me for the time limit i have spent at home without working..My life is back into shape,i have my girlfriend back and we are happily married now with a baby boy and i have my job back too.This man is really powerful..if we have up to 20 people like him in the world,the world would have been a better place..he has also helped many of my friends to solve many problems and they are all happy now..Am posting this to the forum for anybody that is interested in meeting the man for help.you can email him, I cant give out his number because he told me he don’t want to be disturbed by many people across the world..he said his email is okay. You can email him [email protected] And see the great work he will do for you....


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JOHSON MASHAL
11 Months Ago

Hello friends My Name is Johson mashal from UK I will love to share my testimony to all the people in the forum because i never thought i will have my girlfriend back and she means so much to me..The girl i want to get marry to left me 2 months to our wedding for another man..,When i called her she never picked my calls,She deleted me on her Facebook and she changed her Facebook status from engage to Single…when i went to her place of work she told her boss she never want to see me..I lost my job as a result of this because i can\'t get myself anymore,my life was upside down and everything did not go smooth with my life…I tried all i could to have her back to all did not work out until i met a Man when i Travel to Africa to execute some business have been developing some years back..I told him my problem and all have passed through in getting her back and how i lost my job…he told me he gonna help me…i don’t believe that in the first place.but he swore he will help me out and he told me the reason why my girlfriend left me and also told me some hidden secrets.i was amazed when i heard that from him..he said he will cast a spell for me and i will see the results in the next couple of days..then i travel back to UK the following day and i called him when i got home and he said he’s busy casting those spells and he has bought all the materials needed for the spells,he said am gonna see positive results in the next 3 days that is .My girlfriend called me at exactly 11:47pm and apologies for all she had done ..she said,she never knew what she’s doing and her sudden behavior was not intentional and she promised not to do that again.it was like am dreaming when i heard that from her and when we ended the call,i called the man and told him my girl friend called and he said i haven’t seen anything yet… he said i will also get my job back in 3 days time..and when its Sunday,they called me at my place of work that i should resume work on Monday and they gonna compensate me for the time limit i have spent at home without working..My life is back into shape,i have my girlfriend back and we are happily married now with a baby boy and i have my job back too.This man is really powerful..if we have up to 20 people like him in the world,the world would have been a better place..he has also helped many of my friends to solve many problems and they are all happy now..Am posting this to the forum for anybody that is interested in meeting the man for help.you can email him, I cant give out his number because he told me he don’t want to be disturbed by many people across the world..he said his email is okay. You can email him [email protected] And see the great work he will do for you....


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Mrs Stephanie
1 Years Ago

Good day...
my name is Mrs Stephanie am from Australia i have something important to share with you people,i was married for the past 3years living hapily with my husband,he loved and cherished me so much this all came to an end one certain day,i was so surprised that my husband wouldn\'t come home as early as he used to,and even when he comes back he wouldn\'t give me the attention which i needed from him,the worst case was that he never cared for the family again and i was the one paying the children fees, my husband was not in my sight anymore again he left me alone with the children to suffer,so i was broke and confused,i ran to many places but there was no one to help me out on my search for a solution i came across a friend who introduced me to this great man known as dr odugbe, i got his email address i emailed him and the man got back to me he only told me to do some few things which i did and he promised me that in two weeks time my husband will come back to me to my greatest surprise my husband came back begging for forgiveness,i forgave him and our family was back to normal.please i want you all to help me thank this man,in case you also need his help you can email him at [email protected] or you can also call him on +2348135275026


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Mrs Stephanie
1 Years Ago

Good day...
my name is Mrs Stephanie am from Australia i have something important to share with you people,i was married for the past 3years living hapily with my husband,he loved and cherished me so much this all came to an end one certain day,i was so surprised that my husband wouldn\'t come home as early as he used to,and even when he comes back he wouldn\'t give me the attention which i needed from him,the worst case was that he never cared for the family again and i was the one paying the children fees, my husband was not in my sight anymore again he left me alone with the children to suffer,so i was broke and confused,i ran to many places but there was no one to help me out on my search for a solution i came across a friend who introduced me to this great man known as dr odugbe, i got his email address i emailed him and the man got back to me he only told me to do some few things which i did and he promised me that in two weeks time my husband will come back to me to my greatest surprise my husband came back begging for forgiveness,i forgave him and our family was back to normal.please i want you all to help me thank this man,in case you also need his help you can email him at [email protected] or you can also call him on +2348135275026


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Andrew Sykes
1 Years Ago

My Ex-Girlfriend dumped me 5 months ago after I caught him of having an affair with someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me. I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I visited the internet for help and I saw a testimony on how a spell caster (Dr. CANDOVA) help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster (Dr. CANDOVA) and explain my problems to him….. he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3 days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my Girlfriend came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. Once again thank you for helping me to get my love back and your love spell is truly perfect, you are truly talented and gifted i will continue to publish your name on the net because of the good work you are doing.If you need his help contact him now through his email: [email protected]


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Thatcher Moris
1 Years Ago

I am Thatcher Moris from Australia,OMG!! This is certainly a shocking and a genuine Testimony i have ever seen..I visited a forum here on the internet on the 9TH OF JUNE 2015,
after my husband separated me and my marriage of 8 years was broken down and i was totally inconsolable and without hope because i have tried all means to get my husband back after much pleading and did everything possible to make sure that he comes back, but nothing worked out for me.... And i saw a marvelous testimony with this email address
[email protected] or [email protected] of this powerful and great spell caster called Dr Zulu on the forum.. And i saw how Dr Zulu reunited a family and brought the Husband of a woman back to her in just 24 hours..I never believed it, because i never heard nor learnt anything about magic before.. Not a soul would have been able to influence me about magical spells, not until Dr Zulu did it for me and restored my marriage of 8 years back to me and brought my spouse back to me in the same 24 hours just as i read on the internet..i was truly astonished and shocked when my husband came to my house and knelt down begging for forgiveness and for me to accept him back.. I am really short of expressions, and i don\'t know how much to convey my appreciation to you Dr Zulu.. you are certainly a God sent to me and my entire life and family.. he did his work just as he guaranteed me in 24 hours and it yielded an optimistic result to me and i was able to get my
Husband back. right now my Husband has falling so much in love with me and my kids like never before. This spell casting isn\'t brain washing but he opened up his eyes to see how much i love and wanted him, i really don\'t know how best to be grateful to you Dr Zulu for bringing happiness into my life and family, and now i am a joyful woman once again.. here is his Email: [email protected], or connect him with these number tel:234131612153


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Mrs Benson Joyce
21 Jun 2015

I am Mrs Benson Joyce, from New York i want to use this
medium to congratulate Dr Celyn, for the
great help of spell he has render to my relationship
outbreak. since the past 6 years i was in a
relationship problem with my ex, he always get me
beating, i never knew he has another girl outside the town, her
name is Michel, until i got this great spell caster
email address from the internet, so i email him and i
laid all my complain to him, he promise me that i am
to keep off away from him, and i really agreed on it,
but on a condition that my lost ex will be back,,,, he really put some few
items which he uses to
consulting his great oracle, his plan for my
relationship was fulfill and my lost ex was back
again within 48hrs... please if you are in such mess
today please
contact him at [email protected]

fiona Aaron
1 Years Ago


I want the world to know a great man that is well known as Dr Kasee,who has the perfect solution to relationship issues and marriage problems. The main reason why i went to Dr Kasee was for solution on how i can get my husband back because in recent times i have read some testimonies on the internet which some people has written about Dr Kasee and i was so pleased and i decided to seek for assistance from him on his email ([email protected]) which he did a perfect job by casting a spell on my husband which made him to come back to me and beg for forgiveness.I will no stop publishing his name on the net because of the good work he is doing. I will drop his contact for the usefulness of those that needs his help.His email is [email protected] You can contact him today and get your problem solved.


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fiona Aaron
1 Years Ago


I want the world to know a great man that is well known as Dr Kasee,who has the perfect solution to relationship issues and marriage problems. The main reason why i went to Dr Kasee was for solution on how i can get my husband back because in recent times i have read some testimonies on the internet which some people has written about Dr Kasee and i was so pleased and i decided to seek for assistance from him on his email ([email protected]) which he did a perfect job by casting a spell on my husband which made him to come back to me and beg for forgiveness.I will no stop publishing his name on the net because of the good work he is doing. I will drop his contact for the usefulness of those that needs his help.His email is [email protected] You can contact him today and get your problem solved.


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angela
1 Years Ago

Hello Friends I have something to share with you!!! There is a great joy in my heart which I want to share with everyone. My name is Angela . I had a misunderstanding with my lover (Boyfriend) several months ago; which led us to break up and he never wanted to hear my voice again. But as time went on, a good friend of mine recommended DR AMBALI who could help me with Love Spell to get my man back. At first, I thought the idea of a love spell was strange,but was willing to give it a try because i really love my boyfriend. For the first time I was scared to contact the Doctor because I was not sure if what they did was against my religion. But my friend assured me that they only use Spell which is safe and has no side effects. I felt a little better and decided to contact DR AMBALI on his mail (Ambalilovespelltemple) I contacted him through his email and explained everything to him. He said that I shouldn\'t worry, that my lover will come back to me on his knees begging for forgiveness. I bought an item that he told me to buy for the preparation of the spell and assured me that my lover will come to me within 24 hours in remorse. My greatest joy now is that he actually came back to me and fell on his knees begging for forgiveness. We got back together and our relationship has been better this second time around. I have to give DR AMBALI all the credit for helping us get back to a better place than where we began. The new found love that my boyfriend has for me is incredible and i can\'t wait to see what the future holds for us. Do you have any problem with your loved one? Well worry no more because DR AMBALI can provide you with a spell to get him or her back. With the help of a spell just as he helped me. Contact DR AMBALI Spell Temple via email: [email protected]
HE IS SPECIALIZED IN THE FOLLOWING SPELL.
(1) If you want your ex back.
(2) if you always have bad dreams.
(3) If you want to be promoted in your office.
(4) If you want women/men to run after you.
(5) If you want a child.
(6) pregnancy spell to conceive baby.
(7) If you want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever.
(8) If you need financial assistance.
(9) How you been scammed and you want to recover you lost money.
(10) if you want to stop your divorce.
(11) if you want to divorce your husband.
(12) if you want your wishes to be granted.
E-mail he [email protected]


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Elizabeth Williams
1 Years Ago


" I am so happy to share this wonderful testimony about Dr Brave, my name is Elizabeth Williams I am 34 years old, I live in Florida united states, I am happily married to Sowers Jefferson with three kids we got married in 2006 I am a banker but due to some certain family conditions I had to quit my job so I could have time for my family my husband works in a construction company not long ago around may 2015 my husband started to behave in a way i could not understand, i was very Confused by the way he treat me and the Kids. Later that month he did not come home again and he called me that he want a divorce, i asked him what have i Done wrong to deserve this from him, all he was saying is that he want a divorce That he hate me and do not want to see Me again in his life, i was mad and also Frustrated do not know what to do,i was Sick for more than 4 weeks because of the divorce. i love him so much he was everything to me without him my life is Incomplete. i told my sister and she told me to contact a spell caster, i never believed in all this spell casting of a thing. i just want to try if something will come out of it. i contacted Dr Brave for the return of my husband to me, he told me that my husband have Been taken by another woman, that she cast a spell on him that is why he hate me and also want us to divorce. then he told me that he have to cast a spell on him that will make him return to Me and the kids, he casted the spell and After 27hours my husband called me and He told me that i should forgive him, he Started to apologize on phone and said That he still loves me that he did not know what happen to him that he left me. it was the spell that Dr Brave on him that brought him back to me today, i and my family Are now happy again today. thank you Dr Brave for what you have done for me i would have been nothing Today if not for your great spell. i want You my friends who are passing through All this kind of love problem of getting Back their husband, wife , or ex boyfriend and girlfriend to contact him on this email: [email protected] , web site:http://enchantedscents.tripod.com/lovespell/ . and you will see that your problem will be solved Without any delay or effect cell number +2348072370762 Thanks for reading. ."


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